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VIDEO: ‘What If? The Power of Possibility’ by Michele Dempsey Cunningham at TEDxScranton

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TED Talks, or conferences that follow the motto “ideas worth spreading,” have become a global phenomenon since the nonprofit organization began posting them online for free in 2006. With the introduction of TEDx, which supports independent organizers who want to create TED-like events in their own communities, it was only a matter of time before these intellectual and inspirational talks came to Scranton.

Organized by Jessica Meoni, TEDxScranton was held on Aug. 16 at the University of Scranton under the theme “Revitalize This!” and revolved around the concepts of urban renovation, new urbanism, eminent domain, artistic renaissance, and community building.

The talks are now posted online, so read more about this one below:

Description: Michele Dempsey Cunningham is an architect with a lot of questions, namely, asking everyone how their sense of possibility is doing today. Michele closes TEDxScranton with a spark that cities can envision their corner of the world for a better tomorrow.

Bio: Michele Dempsey Cunningham is president of DxDempsey Architecture, a wildly creative boutique architecture firm committed to helping clients and communities thrive. Michele is a LEED accredited professional passionate about finding innovations in architecture, which includes figuring out how to minimize its implications on the environment. Michele received her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and her Bachelor of Arts in Engineering from Lafayette College.

Since founding DxDempsey in 2003, Michele has been recognized by the Northeast Pennsylvania Business Journal as one of the “Top 20 Professionals Under 40” and as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business,” and DxDempsey Architecture has been recognized as “Small Business of the Year” and awarded for “Green Practices” by the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

Michele sits on several local boards and is very active in her community. In 2007 and 2013, she originated and helped organize “The Office Convention” and “The Office Wrap Party,” respectively, which brought the cast of the NBC show “The Office” to Scranton to celebrate the city and the show, along with thousands of fans, in the fictional hometown of Dunder Mifflin. Michele also loves to travel, hike, and write. Always one to challenge herself, she has completed four marathons and holds a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do; therefore, she is not afraid of anything… except turbulence… and skinny jeans.

Watch more TEDxScranton videos here.